Environmental defenders, whose work often includes land and resource rights, the rights of indigenous communities, and both state and nonstate threats to healthy environments, are among the human rights defenders most at risk. A report by Global Witness states that Latin America is the most dangerous region, and Honduras the most dangerous country, for environmental defenders. Of the 185 killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America, while in Honduras 12 were killed in 2014 alone.
Around the globe, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things to promote and protect human rights, and the Fund was set up to support these individuals and be a lifeline to them in times of need. In the face of powerful adversaries, and with minimal resources, frontline human rights defenders are forced to be innovative. This work is extremely dangerous, and many groups, who often work without basic security measures, routinely find themselves at risk of attack, and even death.
The murder of Honduran land and resource rights activist Berta Cáceres has left our community reeling. Berta was the coordinator of our grantee COPINH and had bravely fought for the land and resource rights of indigenous people in Honduras throughout her life. In her work, Berta faced down powerful corporations, corrupt government officials and their […]
March 3, 2016 Today at approximately midnight, Berta Caceres, the General Coordinator of Fund grantee Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras – COPINH), was murdered in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca. At least two individuals broke down the door of the house […]
For over a decade, our grants have sustained human rights movements in unforgiving contexts around the world. Earlier this week the board of the Fund for Global Human Rights approved more than $2.5 million in grants and technical assistance to 128 organizations in our Latin America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia programs. We asked our […]
Harassment & Death Threats Won’t Deter Award-Winning Journalist in Honduras Honduras is nestled in the beautiful landscape of Central America. However, the country is in crisis. Crime, violence, corruption and human rights abuses are rife across Honduras. They have reached unprecedented levels since 2009, when the democratically elected president was ousted in a coup. In […]
The Fund supports approximately sixty organizations in Latin America through its programs in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. All three of these countries have suffered from intense levels of violence that have been exacerbated by corruption in their justice systems, lack of rule of law, and impunity for crimes committed by powerful state and non-state actors, […]
Esra Yarar, Grants Administrator and Program Assistant, discusses a recent convening held by the Fund in Colombia which included Fund grantees working on resource rights and corporate accountability and local Colombian activists.